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Old 12-30-2010, 08:40 PM   #281
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Thanks, Norm.

How did you end up making out on your black tank?

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Hey Steve, good to see you are keeping up the progress. To answer you question, I ended up going with a tank from All Rite Plastics. It was spendy (about $600), but they were very quick and I was able to customize it to exactly the dimensions I wanted. I tested it out before installing it in the trailer, and it has 20 gallons capacity.
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Old 01-09-2011, 11:31 AM   #282
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Nice. I'm watching with interest!
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:37 AM   #283
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The Refrigerator and Its Door

Way back when this thread and this project started, I was thinking and asking about the possibility of using the original Marvel fridge door on a new unit. The Marvel was 110 volt only and the box was toast anyway, so I knew that a gas fridge was in the future. I've continued to think along those lines and a few weeks ago bought a Dometic RM2510 which seemed to be the closest in dimensions.

But reality is different than dreams and plans and I started having second thoughts as soon as I opened the new unit's door and saw all the storage in the door that would go away if I used the Marvel. The usable space is taller in the Dometic too, so I'd have to box off the lower section which would get rid of the crisper. So, I could make it work, but did I really want to?

The Hospice team has been coming for Pam (and me) every week and often we meet them at the trailer, so they've all been getting pushed for advice on fridge doors, and laminate and curtains and floors too. They helped me through a really rough emotional time since Christmas too. They are the best.

So the end result of all this is that the Marvel door is out, at least for now and Baltic birch is in the Dometic frame. Depth has been a problem on the install too and it was solved with the replacement of a section of inside skin with a piece that curves and is buck riveted to the outside skin (thanks to my buddy Jim). I also had to lower the unit as much as possible, down to the top of the wheel well, to help with the depth. After quite a bit of work, it fits fine in the cabinet now.

Most of this week I've been working on the vent hood for it, using some of the old interior aluminum that was replaced by the birch. I'll do another post on the outside vent which is in and the louvered panel for the intake air which is now being fabricated.

Finally, I got a new stove as well, thinking it made more sense for function after the change in plans on the door. It also solved a clearance problem with the water heater that would have been tough with the Princess stove.
That stove, the original 3 burner Princess is certainly available now for anyone who would want to come pick it up.

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Old 02-05-2011, 10:36 AM   #284
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Looking very well executed. :-)
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Old 02-05-2011, 04:31 PM   #285
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So glad to see this unit being moved further on to being finished!
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Old 02-05-2011, 05:45 PM   #286
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Thanks truck and Steve!

There is light at the end of the tunnel now with only a few thousand things still to do instead of a million or so. Fun to see it come together after two years of working on it a little just about every day.

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Old 02-06-2011, 08:47 PM   #287
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How is It Possible to Work 6 Hours in This Space?

I had care for Pam today and figured I'd get a bunch of stuff done. Instead, I spent 6 hours inside this little 2x2 space, mostly finishing the fridge vent hood and putting the floor of the cabinet back in.

Sometimes it is just amazing to me that I can work so many hours and seemingly get almost nothing done.

It does all count as progress, though, and some projects actually get done these days instead of being bits of ongoing projects.

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That's really pretty Steve! How'd you buck those rivets if they're sealed off? Magic?
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Steve, that looks excellent. I think we are neck-and-neck right now. It is amazing how much time you can spend working on these things without much visible progress. I was out at my trailer for several hours today and couldn't really tell you what exactly I accomplished.
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That's really pretty Steve! How'd you buck those rivets if they're sealed off? Magic?
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I cheated, Marc, and used what Marcus calls single use clecos.

Norm, you are still ahead. I have so many almost finished projects that I can easily stretch this out another year.

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Old 02-08-2011, 01:49 PM   #291
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I had care for Pam today and figured I'd get a bunch of stuff done. Instead, I spent 6 hours inside this little 2x2 space, mostly finishing the fridge vent hood and putting the floor of the cabinet back in.

Sometimes it is just amazing to me that I can work so many hours and seemingly get almost nothing done.

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That looks great, Steve.....look at it this way, it will only take three hours next time you make one.

I made a smaller version of the sealed vent hood of what you have done and then open the exterior refrigerator access door when on gas mode. The little vent hood gets hot! I did install a fan to help move the air but have not used it as of yet. Seems to work!

Lookin' good!
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What I would give for a fridge door like that!!
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Nice work Steve...mad skillz
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That looks great, Steve.....look at it this way, it will only take three hours next time you make one.
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Gary, you and I both know that the next time you always think of about ten more "improvements" that you want to add, so the reality is that it will end of taking even longer!

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What I would give for a fridge door like that!!
Door is just the normal door with 1/8" Baltic Birch for the insert. BTW, you've got a great blog.

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Thanks, Steve. It's going to get done someday, if I just keep plugging along.

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